Some people buy a house in order to provide the stability of a long-term family home. Others buy with the intention of reselling at a profit somewhere down the line, and are interested in maximizing potential return. Still others purchase homes in need of updating and renovation, focusing on what is currently "hot" on the market to assure a quick resale.
Immediate Benefit vs. Long-Term Value
Numerous energy-efficient home upgrades exist to help homeowners lower their bills—who doesn't know about LED bulbs and the wisdom of unplugging appliances that aren't currently being used? In the same vein, solar landscape lighting and motion-controlled exterior fixtures make good sense in terms of both current savings and future value.